Opposition parties will work together to defeat BJP, says Rahul Gandhi after meeting Chandrababu Naidu

Source: PTI | Published on 1st November 2018, 7:36 PM | National News |

New Delhi: Opposition parties would work together to defeat the BJP, Congress president Rahul Gandhi said on November 1 in the presence of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

The parties would work to ensure an end to the ''attack on democratic institutions'', Mr. Gandhi said after a meeting with Mr. Naidu, who is trying to unite Opposition parties to take on the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha election.

Mr. Gandhi said Opposition parties would work together on most important issues, including unemployment and ''corruption'' in the Rafale fighter jet deal.

“It is very clear that corruption is taking place. Institutions that can investigate are being attacked... A proper inquiry on what all happened, where the money went and who did corruption... that is what I am pushing very aggressively. Nation wants to know this,” he said.

Mr. Naidu said he was in discussion with all political parties“We will meet on a common platform and chalk out strategies.”

Responding to a question, he said, “You are interested in candidates, we are interested in the nation.”

Congress, TDP announce seat-sharing pact for Telangana  Assembly polls

Mr. Naidu’s meeting with Mr. Gandhi comes as the Congress and TDP announced a seat-sharing agreement for the December 7 Assembly elections in Telangana.

As per the agreement, the Congress has decided to contest 95 seats and allotted 14 seats to the TDP and the remaining 10 to the Telangana Jana Samithi (TJS) and the Communist Party of India. President of the Telangana unit of the Congress Uttam Kumar Reddy announced the decision in New Delhi on November 1. The Congress’ central election committee discussed the list of candidates sent by the party’s State unit.

Mr. Reddy said the candidates would be announced on November 8 or 9.

Chandrababu Naidu meets Pawar, Abdullah

Earlier in the day, Mr. Chandrababu Naidu met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar and National Conference (NC) president Farooq Abdullah in New Delhi.

Mr. Naidu also “coincidentally” met senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, sources in the TDP said.

This is Mr. Naidu’s second visit to New Delhi in less than a week. Last week, after separately meeting Mr. Abdullah, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, and former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha, he said “political compulsions” would force non-BJP parties to come together to form a third front.

Mr. Naidu quit the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance early this year over the Centre’s refusal to grant special status to Andhra Pradesh.

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